Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Correctional service's team visit WC prisons

By Tando Mfengwana
08 May 2007


Parliament’s Correctional Services Committee will make a five day visit to prisons in order to deal with issues of overcrowding.

The committee visited the Helderstroom prison on Monday. On Tuesday they will visit the Buffelsjag Prison and on Wednesday the committee will be at the Mossel Bay prison. The Argus reports that the Knsyna prison will be visited on Thursday which would be followed by the George prison on Friday.

Dennis Bleom, the chairperson of the committee, says that they will assess overcrowding in the prisons. They will also meet with the prisons' respective parole boards, case management committees, as well as with warders.

Bloem says that the committee will also look at the matter of prisoner's alleging that their parole cases are not being heard.

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